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The children of Monrovia in Liberia are in dire need. Some have lost family during the Ebola epidemic, some have suffered from anxieties related to poverty, and some have witnessed abuse in their families or in the community. In a country with infrastructure already severely weakened by a civil war a decade earlier, the Ebola epidemic had left the healthcare system in disarray. Understandably there are extremely serious mental health issues. You must develop a culturally sensitive approach that will effectively address the problem of children’s mental health. You need to present a long-term vision along with a detailed implementation plan for the first year. Your budget is $1 million (USD). You have one week.

This was the one of the challenges faced by University of Melbourne students as part of the Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, USA. Each year, six postgraduate students from the Melbourne Global Health Case Competition are selected to represent the University the following year in the Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition. The students must draw on their various disciplines to develop an innovative solution to a significant global health challenge.

Competing teams are given a complex case to address, intensively researching and developing their solution before making a public presentation before a distinguished panel of judges. In past years, Melbourne teams have performed superbly against teams from over 30 other elite universities. In 2019, the Melbourne team won the competition for the first time.

The competition normally runs with the competing teams on-site in Atlanta, USA for a week in March. In 2021 the competition was run online and the Melbourne team was accommodated with full-board on Mornington Peninsula for the duration of the competition to focus on their case response, working in an extremely pleasant environment. Similar arrangements will be put in place if the competition is held online in 2022. If overseas travel is permitted in March 2022, then the costs of airfare, accommodation and most meals will be covered.

Tackling global health: the 2019 Emory Case Competition team who were awarded first place in the Emory Global Health Case Competition.

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